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Aaron Dilloway at The Shop

November 1, 2012 8:00 pmtoNovember 30, 2012 11:00 pm

The Shop
$8, All Ages

tcrps and Dynamo Sound Collective Present:



“Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician. He has been releasing and recording music since the age of 16. He was a member of experimental bands Couch, Galen and Universal Indians. He is a former guitarist and tape manipulator for the experimental band Wolf Eyes, which he left in 2005 to live most of that year in Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently he runs the noise record label, record store and mailorder Hanson Records, which he began in Brighton, Michigan in 1994. Hanson then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan for several years, before finally settling in Oberlin, Ohio, after a brief return to Ann Arbor. He performs solo using eight track tapes and vocal sounds, and records modular synthesizer music as Spine Scavenger. Recently, he has played with an ever-changing cast of sound artists under the name The Nevari Butchers. He is a major enthusiast of urine recycling.” — MTV.com



“Keeping up with Wolf Eyes’ myriad side projects has always been a losing battle, so we’ll save you some time by saying this: Nate Young’s recent run of Regression records is worth a listen even if you despise noise music. That’s because it’s not really noise at all. More like extended episodes of pure dread, true to Wolf Eyes’ unsettling ethos, yet eminently listenable if you enjoy feeling a little creeped out…” — Self-Titled Mag



Joe Roemer, Nick Painter and Edgar Um gettin’ bizzay. Historic reunion show.


Haunted loops, drones, sounds and beer.

November 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm Comments (0)

Molly Joyce and her finalist piece “Dollhouse”

Molly Joyce is a young up-and-coming Pittsburgh-borned-and-raised composer. She’s studying composition at Julliard since 2011, and her music is getting a lot of attention around the country… ensembles, blogs, audiences, etc. Her piece Dollhouse was selected as one of the 5 finalists in the PNME/Alia Musica 2012-13 Competition, so it’s part of the program in Alia Musica’s concert Friday (Kresge Hall, 7:30, $15/12).

I had a nice talk with her last Friday. We had ‘skyped her in’ for one of the rehearsals, so we thought, why not have a conversation about things? Here’s some of it, check it out:

November 13, 2012 at 10:37 am Comments (0)


December 1, 2012
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Take a break from this year’s busy holiday season to take in the sounds of Talujon Percussion Ensemble this December. The renowned percussion ensemble returns to Pittsburgh performing Eric Moe’s Danger: Giant Frogs, Amy Williams’ Dream Landscape (world premiere), Wayne Peterson’s Trap Drum Fantasy, and John Cage’s Third Construction, One4, Three2, and cComposed Improvisations on Saturday, December 1st at 8 p.m. in Bellefield Hall Auditorium.

The highly innovative percussion ensemble is sure to be one of the most exciting Music on the Edge concerts in Pittsburgh this year. Described by The New York Times as an ensemble possessing an “edgy, unflagging energy”, Talujon has been captivating audiences since 1990. The individual members of Talujon have recorded internationally, worked with the Blue Man Group and Philip Glass, and been featured on film scores such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and that’s just what they do in their own time. When working in tandem, the members of Talujon are a musical force to be reckoned with. In the words of the Morning Call music review, “…the message that percussive music can be beautiful, and even transcendent, was most certainly drummed home.”

Talujon is thoroughly committed to the expansion of the contemporary percussion repertoire as well as the education and diversification of its worldwide audience. Over the past 20 years, Talujon has commissioned dozens of works by a who’s who of American composers, including Alvin Lucier, Henry Threadgill, Ralph Shapey, Wayne Peterson, Julia Wolfe, Ushio Torikai, Louis Karchin, Eric Moe, Steve Ricks, and Chien Yin Chen. For more of their views on contemporary music, check out this interview with member Michael Lipsey.

Tickets for Talujon are available online, by calling 412-624-play (7529), or at the Pitt Repertory Theatre Box Office, Monday–Friday, 1–4 p.m. (except when the University is closed and during the week of Thanksgiving). The Pitt Repertory Theatre Box Office is located in the lower level of the Stephen Foster Memorial.

Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15. Pitt students are free.

November 13, 2012 at 9:32 am Comments (0)

Election Night New Music Concerts

Need to blow off a little election night steam? There are some excellent new music concerts happening that will take your mind of polls and electoral college tallies, at least for a little while. And just think! Tomorrow it will be safe to turn on your TV again without fear  getting blasted by political ads!

First off, Eliseo Rael will lead the Duquesne Percussion Ensemble in a program of new works featuring Dana Wilson’s award winning piece “Primal Worlds”. Also on the concert is music of Pittsburgh based composer Eric Moe, Jack Stamp, and the Pittsburgh Symphony’s 2004-2005 composer of the year Christopher Rouse.

Tuesday November 6, 2012, 8pm
Admission: Free

MOE “I Have Only One Itching Desire”
WHITACRE “Lux Aurumque”
ROUSE “Ku-Ka-Ilimoku”
STAMP “Vociferation”
WILSON “Primal Worlds”


Another concert takes place at WVU celebrating the music of George Crumb. The concert will be held at the WVU Creative Arts Center, Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and is free and open to the public.

Performers include Crumb’s daughter, Ann Crumb, a soprano, along with Patrick Mason, baritone, and members of Orchestra 2001 of Philadelphia, including: Director James Freeman; Marcantonio Barone, piano; and percussionists
William Kerrigan, David Nelson, Brenda Weckerly and Greg Giannascoli.

The concert features songs from Crumb’s “Voices from the Heartland” (American Songbook VII, 2010), including “A Cycle of Hymns, Spirituals, Folksongs, and American Indian Chants.”

Songs include “Softly and Tenderly,” “Ghost Dance” (Pawnee Tribal Chant), “Lord, Let Me Fly!” “The Kanawha River at Dusk” (An Appalachian Nocturne), “Glory Be to the New-Born King” (A Christmas Spiritual), “Come All Ye Fair and Tender Maidens” and “On top of Old Smoky” (The War of the Sexes), “Beulah Land,” “Old Blue,” and “Song of the Earth” (Navajo Tribal Chants).

See the full details for the concert here.


November 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm Comments (0)

RIP Elliott Carter

Many write-ups of Elliott Carter’s storied career have been published by major news organizations today.Here’s Allan Kozinn’s fromThe New York Times.




November 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm Comments (0)